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i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
through september. there has been a lawsuit filed against the faa, but the case has not been taken up in court. the furloughs could result in delays or canceled flights for one out of three airline passengers. the busiest time of year for travel could be a little bumpier than usual. joining us from washington is former "new york times" correspondent elizabeth becker. elizabeth just penned a new book called "overbooked: the exploding business of travel and tourism." welcome inside "the war room." >> it's nice to be here thank you. >> michael: what impact will the sequesters have on travel to america? >> well, i'm not convinced that the furloughs will come about. i would say that president obama has shown a partiality to listening to the tourism industry. so i'm not sure it is really going to happen. i think there could be a change of mind. but overall america is just recovering from what the industry is calling a lost decade, where a series of idealogical arguments, and the 9/11 border changes really flattened out tourism for the united states when it was booming
, i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, two hours in chicago and 1 hour and 20 minutes in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the controllers complain they're being used as political pawns. >> it's the piece of sequestration that affects americans the most. and i don't think that it's fair that air traffic control, particularly air traffic controllers are being used as a pawn. >> ray lahood has a message. >> tell them to fix sequester, and this will go away. >> the administration seems to be saying that any solution to put the air traffic controllers to work must include an overall roll back of the sequester. which does not look like something that's going to happen any time soon. the next few months could be a nightmare for travelers. >> the
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